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.s. secretary of defense. >>> also tonight, housing boom. big news numbers. and how more people are building smarter for the changing american family. >> hi! how are you? >>> strange twists, in the story of football powerhouseman tie te'o and the girlfriend who never was. >>> and wide awake. imagine waking up during surgery, feeling everything. you can't said a word. >> i was as awake as i am right now. it was terrifying. >> it happens to thousands of people. and tonight, there's a new way to make sure it never happens to you. >>> good evening. tonight, we begin with the american hostages taken captive by terrorists with links to al qaeda. it has been a day of chaos, details still pouring in about a deadly rescue operation, helicopters circling overhead and a frightening scene below. it happened in the north african nation of algeria and abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz spent the day with the defense secretary, leon panetta, in italy, as he was tracking every new development. martha? >> reporter: diane, this is a very fluid situation but reports we are getting tonight
deserves and they were heard scream, long live justice. defense lawyers argued that mubarak didn't know about the killings and he didn't direct the killings on protestors two years ago. the judge agreed that mubarak and former chief of security will be re-tried along with several others who were part of the government that were acquitted during the first trial. as of now, there has not been a trial set but mubarak remains in jail temporarily and facing charges of corruption. it was reported that he was on deathbed and health dleipg. there were reports he had fallen and broken ribs but we don't know what health he is right now. it is apparently declining. over the last two years we've seen a lot of turmoil and violence and a lot of chaos in egypt and across egypt. whether or not this will trigger new rounds of protests isn't clear, but certainly illicit do little to help stabilize this country going forward. >> gregg: thank you. >> arthel: it's been three years since the devastating earthquake hit the island of haiti killing more than 300,000 people. our own greta van susteren traveled t
the child was acting in self-defense. the father was jeff hall. he was asleep when officials his ten-year-old shot him at point blank range. they say the dad was abusive and violent and it was acceptable to kill people that are a threat. but the judge found the boy knew right from wrong at the time of the shooting. judge, this is a tough one. >> it's always tough when you have facts like this. the father was the stepfather whose political views are unacceptable and preached violence and apparently caused him to practice violence on the boy at home. the standard self-defense case show you that have to be immediate threat for loss of life to justify the use of deadly force. hardly the case when the father is asleep. the fall back defense the child was so abused, so accustomed to violence he thought it was appropriate to strike back. the testimony just didn't support that because it showed not the need to strike back but the planning and plotting. so the third line of defense was he is 12 years old, he doesn't know right from wrong and planning and plotting showed that he did know right
of approval for chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. hagel's nomination is another example we think here at "hardball" of obama's newfound fighting spirit, and we like it, of course. from the debt ceiling to the nra to the neocons. taking them on. the president is sticking it to his opponents, and he's winning. >>> and the house of representatives is voting on a relief package for the victims of superstorm sandy. will republicans stand up to help those hit by the storm? or stand in the way? >>> let me finish with a republican party that's beginning to sound and look like a pack of moonshiners. they don't like those revenuers. this is "hardball," the place for politics. with the spark cash card from capital one, sven gets great rewards for his small business! how does this thing work? oh, i like it! [ garth ] sven's small business earns 2% cash back on every purchase, every day! woo-hoo!!! so that's ten security gators, right? put them on my spark card! why settle for less? testing hot tar... great businesses deserve great rewards! [ male announcer ] the spark business card from capi
he will back chuck hagel as defense secretary. secretary of state hillary clinton with a long-time ally, liberia's president ellen johnson surleaf. >> it's important to be here today to see that you have fully recovered from your recent illness. >>> on "today" chelsea clinton speaks for the first time about her mom's recovery. >> she is exuding the energy, the vibrancy, and certainly the mental acuty that she always has. i am so grateful that she is not only fine, but healthy and vibrant and strong and, you know, god willing, will be for the next 65 years of her life. >> and chelsea clinton is also chairing the national day of service on saturday. more on that to come. good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. the political cavalry has arrived. new york senator chuck schumer has given his seal of approval to president obama's defense nominee. any decision that could rally senate democrats and signal an easier path to confirmation for former senator chuck hagel. joining us now washington post columnist greta -- white house correspondent kristen welker. welcome both. kri
surmounted a huge hurdle in the nomination of chuck hagel to be defense secretary when influential new york senator chuck schumer gave it his blessing. yesterday the president forcefully and emotionally laid out his proposals to curb gun violence and challenged americans to confront the representatives and stand up to the nra. let's listen. >> ask them what's more important, doing whatever it takes to get an "a" grade from the gun lobby that funds their campaigns or giving parents some peace of mind when they drop their child off for first grade. >> joining me is former rnc chair and msnbc contributor michael steele and democratic strategist bob shrum. shrummy, i have to start with you. it sounds like you got into the president's ear. i know you haven't, that i know of, but he's starting to charge this campaign for the second term the way i think you like to run campaigns. go to the essential issues, fight them, get tough against your opponents. >> i think that's true. he had some historic achievements in his first term, but every time he reached out, he was rebuffed. he's been through a ca
. the northwest african-american nati battleground against islamic extremists. the u.s. defense secretary says the president will not be sending american troops there. national security correspondent jennifer griffin is at the pentagon tonight. >> reporter: less than two years after the french asked for u.s. help in overthrowing muammar gaddafi in libya, the french president has asked the u.s. military to help them fight again. this time, in the north african country of mali where al-qaeda appears to have set up a new base. >> we have a goal. [ inaudible ] >> reporter: the u.s. provided intelligence that the french military needed for bombing need this weekend. attempt to keep rebels infiltrated from marching toward the capitol. some analysts call mali a flat afghanistan. defense secretary leon panetta was asked during a visit to portugal if the u.s. is heading in to another war. >> there is no consideration of putting in the american boots on the ground at this time. we have commended the french for this effort to try to go in to mali. to stop the aqim. the terrorists. and members of al-qaeda
the day with the defense secretary, leon panetta, in italy, as he was tracking every new development. martha? >> reporter: diane, this situation is very fluid, but reports we are getting tonight about the raid are very ominous. a u.s. official telling me tonight there were ten americans at the field, five are safe. but the fate of the other five, we do not know. what is clear tonight is that this is far from over. with algerian forces now surrounding the complex, the british prime minister is warning that this raid could end in even more bloodshed. >> it is a very dangerous, very uncertain, a very fluid situation and i think we have to prepare ourselves for the possibility of bad news ahead. >> reporter: the worst, coming after the algerian military moved in with helicopters, reportedly fearing the hostage takers were going to escape. the terror group was holed up in the natural gas plant along with their hostages, the americans and other workers from britain, france, japan and norway. some reportedly forced to wear explosives around their necks. tonight, algeria is saying the raid l
in the senate, has given his stamp of approval for chuck hagel as the sex be secretary of defense. haguels's nomination is another example we think here at "hardball" of obama's newfound fighting spirit and we like it, of course. from the debt careering to the nra, to the neocons. the president is sticking it to his opponents and he's winning. >>> and the house of representatives is voting on a relief package for the victims of superstorm sandy. will republicans stand up to help those hit by the form. >>> let me finish with a republican party that's beginning to sound and look like a pack of moon shiners. they don't like those revenuers. this is "hardball," the place for politics. are you flo? yes. is this the thing you gave my husband? well, yeah, yes. the "name your price" tool. you tell us the price you want to pay, and we give you a range of options to choose from. careful, though -- that kind of power can go to your head. that explains a lot. yo, buddy! i got this. gimme one, gimme one, gimme one! the power of the "name your price" tool. only from progressive. relief package f
to being secretary of defense. they are very close and i don't know that obama had a deep relationship with him, but there other ways in which his fingerprints are on the president's policies and afghanistan won the argument. two things here i would add on guns specifically. biden in a way is -- a messenger for obama and sectors that may not trust him. he's got working class roots from industrial pennsylvania. he's catholic. i guess that the white house sees him as a messenger to people who might be skeptical and have ideas of what obama's agenda is and that biden could be a better messenger on this. i hate to bring up the 2016 number, but i think you may see more opportunities for biden to step out and prove himself in his own standing if he wants to run for president. >> the one thing i would add is nobody understands personal tragedy and is able to speak to that in an emotional compelling way as joe biden. going back to what you were saying about very little hope of this package or really much of anything, passing it is republican house. what do you think the white house strategy is
. a defense official says with the number of hostages and potential hostage-takers there, it would be an extremely dangerous assault miss. they are all hoping there is some sort of diplomatic solution to this crisis. >> certainly a shock to many how quick it happened. as i know, we all have been trying to understand and when these workers were seized on their way to work on what exactly was happening. what can can you tell us about the moment they were taken? given as we just reported, the u.s. government was quick to say they believed this was an organized and preplanned attack. >> you are exactly right. here is what we know from algeria as interior minister. he says an oil field in southern algeria was attacked by militants. several hostages were taken there. this was about 40 miles from the border of libya. a group of westerners were on their way to the airport where they were attacked by another group of militants. algear january security forces with them fired back. the militants retreated back to this bp oil facility, sort of the main base. there, they took more hostages, bot
seats women are in. there are three seats with women as treasury secretary, defense secretary and veterans' affairs and back to that photo, the fiscal cliff conversation that where women are sitting, the first woman ever appointed, was the labor secretary. we have a good history of women in the labor position. what about treasury secretary and defense? what difference does this make? so where they sit really matters. >> one thing this issue brings up so -- the idea of these kind of disingenuous attacks from republicans on this. which has been interesting to me because i tweeted out the photo of "the times" photo. i had the good fortune of coming up in the world of lefty media that i can't recalling being in a meeting with 11 men and one woman. i don't think as a general rule that's a good idea in any case for anything other than maybe an nfl football team. like i don't understand why you would have a meeting where that was the case. i tweeted it out and it got retweeted by a bunch of conservatives like, ha, ha, you women of america, you've been punked by the administration. he
came back from that and put banned performance enhancing drugs in his body. his great defense was, after what i've been through, do you think i would put that stuff in my body and, of course, everybody said, everybody bought that because it was so plausible. so for lance to have actually doped after cancer was a pretty tough thing to do and i think it indicated a win at all costs attitude that was commendable and it was a seriously wrong thing to do. >> you were one of the very first people to question lance armstrong. it goes all the way back to 1999. what was it that made you suspicious in the first place? >> my first point of kind of suspicion was watching lance's treatment of a young french rider and there will be people out there, if they were all doping, how wrong -- how can you blame lance and single him out? they all weren't doping and one of the guys who did not dope in 1999 was a young french rider, and he offered the pin that you couldn't win this tour de france in '99 without doping and much of the colleagues resented him saying that. the guy who most resented him sayi
authorizes spending. they order me to spend. they tell me you need to fund our defense department at such and such a level. you need to send out social security checks. you need to make sure that your paying to care for our veterans. they lay all this out for me. and because they have the spending power. and so i am required by law to go ahead and pay these bills. >> many republicans are willing to just let it all burn to the ground. politico reported more and morehouse republicans are planning to damage the economy. gop officials said more than half of their members are prepared to allow default unless president obama agrees to dramatic cuts. he has repeatedly said he opposes. john boehner does not have any clout with the tea party members of the congress. this is the big problem. here comes congressman ralph hall of texas. he's got a rather radical view of what it means to raise the debt ceiling. >> we made a mistake when we increased the debt limit the first time and gave this guy all the money to buy votes with. we shouldn't make the mistake now. >> this is a guy walking into
, there is a doubling down, there is a defense, there is an attack on the messenger. there is a problem here. the party is in crisis, and someone has got to bring it together. >> it's one of those magic moments when martin luther king was jailed back in '60 and kennedy made the call to mrs. king and nixon said i'm not going to do it, and jackie robinson left the trade saying this guy doesn't get it. >> this is a moment that we're going to remember, i think, and the republican party really should pay attention. it really should. >> we're making the noise here. we're trying to shake them up. thank you, gene robinson and alex wagner. >>> president obama warns republicans they won't get ransom for agreeing not to crash the economy. he's talking tough ahead of the next big fight with congress over the debt ceiling. >>> the president said vice president biden has presented him with a list of common sense steps to prevent gun violence. but the biggest question is how much of it the administration can actually get passed through the congress. >>> and watching last night's golden globes, one thing was clear to
had a couple of tough years in football, comeback year based on what, the defense. this guy is the heart of the defense. it was-- >> he's a great player and he'll continue to be a great champion and he has to deal with-- >> the nfl? >> i don't think so, a winner is the winner, a professional team. >> what does it say about society, constant lying and cheating? >> and do you realize there's an arizona cardinals fullback who said i knew her, she was tall. >> and what's wrong with people? >> and building on it, on the story. but there's more to this and we'll see what's happening going forward. >> sean: good to see you and watching "the five" every day. >> thank you. >> sean: and the president's assault on your second amendment reports is met with fear and resistance across the country and i'll be joined with the state officials, and two are accusing the white house plan of being racist, we'll play those outrageous remarks and we'll get reaction tonight as juan williams faces off against david limbaugh all straight ahead tonight here on hannity. say farewell to the smell with t
. today the pastor taking the stand in his own defense. joining us are defense lawyers, ted williams and bernie. bernie, first do you, do you think he regrets taking the stand, the pastor tonight? >> in a homicide case you never ever ever ever, i don't know if i'm clear, ever want to call your client. you have to be losing the case so bad at that point that it's the last ditch effort. i don't know if he regrets having the clients on the stand and get off and almost relieved you know what at least i got on the stand and told my story. the way it came out he got caught up and jammed up in very, very bad stuff. >> greta: ted? >> i'm like bernie, never want to put your client on the stand, but this guy may very well have helped himself today on the stand because clearly, what i found troubling is that he was on trial for killing his second wife, but they allowed the judge did, apparently, a lot of testimony to come in concerning the killing of his first wife. and as a result of that. >> greta: that hurts. that hurts. no defense lawyers wants that. >> and greta would go ouch, that really
have all gone to white men, defense, treasury, state. they're all going to white men. so is this -- is he going to put women in other positions? and what's it going to take to get a woman in one of those big power spots? >> well, i think we're going to have to look at the picture as a whole when the president is done. having served this president, knowing the women who have served him who are still there today, these are extremely influential, powerful women with a strong voice with regard to what's going on on a day-to-day basis. but we can't make a decision and a determination until the full picture comes to be. and i would also say that when you look at the issues, homeland security, janet napolitano, making sure health care reform is implemented. kathleen sebelius. the list goes on. there are very, very smart, very influential women already in his cabinet and i know are going to be there. >> the second term is when that "l" word, legacy, comes into play. you're a veteran of this white house and also a veteran of working in the capitol behind us for senator kennedy and
to settle in, set up their defenses and have to make demands. things they clearly want. they want prisoners to be released and some lines of communication will be established, and the -- the authorities will -- ideally will look at communication as a weapon to manipulate them and arrange an outcome, either there is an assault or get everybody released. >> kidnappings, hostage taking, not that unusual, especially massive international companies, and often the companies will pay out money to the kidnappers, but would political motivation, seems like it would be less likely. do you think that's true? >> some of the motivation will be a cover. the terrorists here are really bandits. a kidnapping industry thriving in this part of the world, and used to making money. this is a business for them. an opportunity to make a lot more money. make noise about political demands in the hopes that money will be offered to save the people and secondarily the facility. they will try to settle this for money. >> negotiations could involve money. what about a rescue attempt. how likely is it that that is being
of algeria and has been clear that our first priority is the safety and security of the hostages. defense secretary leon panetta says, he's putting the terrorists on notice. >> they will find no sanctuary, no refuge, not in algeria, not in north africa, not anywhere. >> but the demands of the group led by mokhtar belmokhtar is growing. they are demanding the release of omar currently serving a life sentence in the u.s. and a pakistani neuroscientist now in prison in the u.s. convicted of trying to kill u.s. soldiers and fbi agents in afghanistan. the obamaed administration, however, is ruling out any negotiating with the terrorists. >> the united states does not negotiate with terrorists. >> again, this is an ongoing operation as far as we know, still conflicting information for a third day in exactly what is happening, how many people have been released, et cetera. but, wolf, you can certainly say that the countries that are involved and that includes japan, have been talking around the clock nonstop about this and coordinating their activities, which the secretary says is really key to
was going to win the heisman, man. >> he won every defensive award, best player on defense, second in the heisman, unheard of for a defensive player. and part of his story throughout the season was that in september of last year at the beginning of the season, his grandmother died, and then his girlfriend died within hours of each other. >> heartbreaking story. >> the reports range from an hour to a couple of days. >> you were watching and you cried. >> can i just say, my son, joey, said there's something wrong with this guy. he told me this months ago. >> joey is kind of wise. >> i was watching espn over the holidays. because alabama was on, the story. and they tell this story. and then i got a call the next morning. and it was like no, no, no! and i started tearing up. and i was like -- and then they showed him running onto the field. and i was, like, how did the guy do that the week after he found out that his grandmother and his girlfriend died, and then they went on to say he played for her the day they buried her, man. it was the most remarkable story. and i actually called j
rounds, these guns and equipment are not designed for sport or home defense. they are designed to kill large numbers of people quickly, that's the only purpose they have. they belong on the battlefield, in the hands of our brave, professionally trained -- >> we're going to break away from this. we'll continue to monitor mayor bloomberg's remarks in baltimore. we're going to take a quick break and be back with more. that's when i had an honest conversation with my doctor. we discussed all the symptoms... then he gave me some blood tests. showed it was low t. that's it. it was a number -- not just me. [ male announcer ] today, men with low t have androgel 1.62% (testosterone gel). the #1 prescribed topical testosterone replacement therapy, increases testosterone when used daily. women and children should avoid contact with application sites. discontinue androgel and call your doctor if you see unexpected signs of early puberty in a child, or signs in a woman, which may include changes in body hair or a large increase in acne, possibly due to accidental exposure. men with breast cancer or
boyfriend in self-defense. >>> you saw it unfolding live. the dramatic rescue of a woman trapped for hours between two concrete walls. how did she get there? we may learn the answer "happening now." jon: back to our top story. we're awaiting president obama's new gun control proposals. the president is expected to caller to the most sweeping changes to gun laws in years, if not decades, prompting concerns among supporters of gun rights in this country. good morning to you. i'm jon scott. jenna: i'm sure glad you're not stuck between two walls. that would put a damper on the show. jon: would make it difficult to get here and do the research. jenna: we'll try to get answers on that story. hi, i'm jenna lee. in less than an hour the president will outline his efforts to curb goon violence. he is expected to ask congress to ban military-style assault weapons. many of you have questions exactly what those weapons are. we'll talk a little bit about that in the program. also on the list, suggestion to ban high-capacity magazines as well. the white house also made it clear the president will act u
amazing. what an amazing -- i think the appointments are grb where i think the defense will be a fight. that will be fun to watch. >> let's talk about guns. i have been talking about this a lot. particularly since sandy hook, but before that. you're an independent in many ways, but what do you make of the gun debate. i'll tell you why i ask. in britain, it's not a political thing, never has been. never left or right. it's more of a human reaction when things happen, we have to do something. why is it so political in america? >> it's a part, i think, of how our country was formed. we did have to take up arms to form our country. >> to get rid of us. >> i didn't want to say it, but if you're going to bring it up, yeah, to get you guys out. there's that. it's in our constitution. look, i own a gun. you know, i'm gone a lot. i have a wife, i have two kids. i know how to keep them. they're in a gun safe. >> how many do you have? >> three. >> what type? >> i don't have an assault weapon. >> you have handguns? >> exactly. and i'm a sportsman. and i shoot skeet, and i grew up in the midwest. t
my defensive family that does not have a firearm. >> sean: you deserve better and we will he get into that in detail. in your book you discuss the threats you've gotten over the the course of the years, outspoken in the public and we expect that, but what does this mean for you? >> well, this whole thing is just absolutely outrageous and yes, i've gotten all kinds of comments from people online. you never know how much further they're going to carry those comments and my husband and i applied for a carry permit. >> sean: this good looking guy. >> we applied for carry permit and denied. it's outrageous what the newspaper did. of course we love our police officers, they work hard and risk their lives, but the police can't be everywhere and people need to have that right to be licensed and have gun protection. >> sean: was it difficult to get the permit? how many-- was it difficult? >> absolutely. >> sean: how long does it take. >> it took us over a year and we did it when hillary clinton became senator. i said i don't need a gun, she is trying to take our right away. and now we nee
it to you knowing you were going to come forth with that kind of defense to say maybe you shouldn't get out there is far? >> you know, i do. and i do, but at the end of the day i'm not going to blame him. i'm going to blame myself. but, look, he's lance armstrong. what he wanted was the cover of "newsweek." he wanted a prominent -- someone prominent in the world of sports to come to his defense because as we all saw last night, lance is a clinical classic narcissist who really only cares about himself. so he didn't care about me. he cared about getting what he could out of me but, you know, journalists go through this all the time and i bought it, and i'm embarrassed. >> dave, you wrote that what he's trying to do now is the equivalent of riding a bike through the eye of a needle. well, we watched half of it. we'll see the res of it tonight perhaps. did he succeed? >> no, he didn't succeed at all and he didn't succeed on either front and that's the key point here is that he had to do two different things that were very different. very divergent and he failed at both. this is what he had to
. >> reporter: defense secretary leon panetta issued a warning to those running the training camps. >> terrorists should be on notice that they will kind no sanctuary, no refuge, not in algeria, not in north africa, not anywhere. >> reporter: so far this al qaeda group has been focused in africa, but counterterrorism officials are concerned that if these training camps continue to flourish, their ambitions may expand. libya is right on the southern shore of the mediterranean, and officials are concerned that militants could try for an attack in europe or european militants could come to libya, get training, and then try to carry out an attack back home. erin? >> thanks very much to chris lawrence. fran townsend is a former homeland and counter-terrorism security adviser to president george bush. and stuart holliday is a former ambassador. stuart, let me start with you. in chris' reporting there was a sound bite from president obama from a very different time, and that sound bite he said libya is a success. it's a lesson in success of how to do these things. was that premature given
. how clear is that? >> what do you make of that, the attitude? >> little defensive, wouldn't you say? how many times if i have to say? if i never had taken performance enhancing drugs, ask me all you like. he was defensive. he was trying to put a wall up, trying to be em fastic and almost push the interviewer away. i would question this defensiveness in the interview. >> how do you explain this is somebody who also has done an incredible amount of good? he's a cancer survivor, starts the livestrong foundation, gets a lot of people to buy the bracelets and feel empowered. how do you explain on one hand he does such good and the other hand he's been lying and cheating for years? >> that's the point. human beings are very complicated people. nobody is all good. nobody is all bad. he's a good person. he's a good person who got caught up in a terrible system, maybe got a little narcissism incentive entitlement when he got into elite circles and felt once he had that power he had to protect it. maybe he thought he was protecting america in some crazy way. yes, he let down a lot of people a
the board in every sector of the government including defense, including vets. i was talking to somebody on capitol hill who said that amount of money is the entire operating budget, akin to the entire operating budget of the agriculture department. we do not think it will pass but it really gives a sense of why the speaker got himself in so much trouble by pulling this before the night of new year's day, because of this very reason, he knew there were a number of republicans who were very upset about passing any new government spending without cutting it elsewhere and it's going to play out on the house floor today. >> we're going to talk more about this later. dana bash reporting live from capitol hill today. coca-cola is defending it self against charges it makes america fat. it acknowledges obese sit the issue of this generation and vowing to come together to fight the fat. ♪ i'd like to teach the world to sing ♪ ♪ sing with me ♪ in perfect harmony >> it's a far cry from the feel good '70s feel good coca-cola commercial. >> we'd like people to come together on something that
to be members of al qaeda. defense secretary panetta learned of the attack while on a visit to italy. >> by all indications, this is a terrorist act, and the united states strongly condemns these kinds of terrorist acts. it is a very serious matter when americans are taken hostage. >> reporter: under the command of a veteran terrorist who goes by an arabic nickname meaning "one-eyed man," the attackers say they are retaliating for french air strikes against al qaeda-linked terrorists across the border in mali. with u.s. backing, the french- launched strikes started last friday in an effort to stop hardline islamic groups from taking over the country. in an operation expected to last into february, france is also sending 2,500 ground troops. according to u.s. officials, the french have run into stiffer- than-expected resistance. algerian troops have surrounded that gas complex where the americans are being held. the terrorists are quoted as saying they won't release their hostages until france stops its operations in mali. >> pelley: david, thank you. also breaking tonight, the federal governmen
those hostages. but in the end it probably wouldn't have mattered. according to one defense official, the algerians were in total control. brian. >> jim miklashevski at the pentagon. where we'll keep an eye on it. >>> another big story today, big progress to report tonight in this country's specifically a dramatic drop in cancer death rates over the last 20 years. but the news from the american cancer society is not all good. it comes with a big warning about the next big risk. here with that our chief science correspondent, robert bazell. >> reporter: the report out today illustrates huge strides in the fight against cancer which kills one in four americans. the death rate down more than 20% in the last two decades is attributed to improved survival from the biggest killers, lung and colon cancer, for both men and women. breast cancer and women and prostate cancer. >> the public should be ecstatic we are seeing these kind of reductions but they need to realize the battle hasn't been one. >> reporter: experts emphasize the kind of death rate is not due to the expensive new drugs we h
was accepted and now i'm told by defense officials that military planners are in deep discussion with the french to go over specifically what they are going to bring in and where they are going to bring it. one defense official that i spoke with said that it could be the equivalent of the entire mek mek cannized battalion and might take up to 30 flights to get all of that in there for the french. in the end rkt the french would reinvert the u.s. for the cost of those cargo flights. there was a separate request for some u.s. surveillance as well as refueling and u.s. planes could pull up to the french jets, refuel them in the air, that's another request that's still under consideration but that part has not been decided, wolf. >> that's stepping up the military role in mali. that's a significant is headline. let me bring tom fuentes back in. are you surprised that france is helping deal with this crisis in mali? >> i'm not surprised to not let the al qaeda affiliates in mali and other countries become more powerful, to gain a foothold in those countries. we're under a lot of press
the military help come from? >> it could come from europe and even closer. a senior defense official tells me now that defense secretary leon panetta has assured americans that the u.s. military will take all necessary and proper steps to deal with this attack. what could that mean? most importantly, the pentagon's africa command has what is called a commander and extremist force. it's a small, very lethal force that is dedicated to hostage rescue and counterterrorism. they are at an undisclosed location but we're told they are on a very, very short window to be put into action. now, expanding out just a little bit, take a look at the map, look at where algeria is. look at where this oil facility is. you can take a look in italy, the u.s. has air bases in italy which they could use a cargo lift, they could also use surveillance plates from there and they also have about 150 marines that are trained in crisis intervention in italy and also as we move over to rota, spain, there are two marine corps anti-terrorism bases there. further out, if necessary, back here on the east coast, all u.s. spec
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